My husband and I always brought up our kids to earn their own money. I don’t mean we sent them down a coal mine when they were six years old but they both had a part time job from being young. It taught them self discipline and the value of money. Our son bought his first electric guitar with money he had saved from his part time job, and it meant such a lot to him. He was the entrepreneur of the family. He had his own car washing business when he was thirteen. It was very successful too – more on that further down. Washing cars isn’t about manual labour, as you’ll read more about shortly. He also had a newspaper round and he filled shelves at the local store.
Our daughter was a bit older when she started working. She went to the company where my husband worked and did filing in the office and warehouse work. Their part time job would help to pay for clothes, CDs and little treats. Sometimes, bosses would take advantage. The owner of the store where our son stacked shelves kept him longer than had been arranged. One night, we had had enough of this and my husband went down and demanded that he come home immediately. He hadn’t had his tea yet and he’d got a lot of homework to do. He was never kept late again.
I too have worked part time. When you’re a mum, it’s sometimes you’re only alternative. My family lived a distance away and child care is very expensive. I’d try to do a part time job that fitted in with the children. The most convenient job I did was as a Lunchtime Supervisor at my kids’ elementary school. I got half pay during the school holidays, and of course I was at home whenever the kids were home. I thought they might be a bit embarrassed having Mum work at their school, but they actually thought it was pretty cool for me to have a part time job where they got to see me.
When we were struggling for money, I also did a part time job at a warehouse. That was low pay and bad conditions. My job was to pack greeting cards. It was ok but the supervisor kept doing these time and motion studies to try to get us to go faster. The problem was the warehouse was freezing cold. We were all working in fingerless gloves. Most of us had to work all day standing up as there were only a few workbench stools provided. There was a mad rush in the mornings to grab one. The management refused to put any heating in, saying that it was a new business and they couldn’t afford it yet. One particularly cold day, some of us walked out in protest. We were all laid off two weeks later. That was the worse part time job I ever had.
Back to that car washing business, sometimes it’s about having the right tools at your disposal. You can have the best cleaning service on the planet in terms of your people, but if you don’t use the right products and supplies, you’ll never perform to potential. The car washing was popular for us because we took the time to find the best pressure washer by doing our research. That involved a fair amount of time scouring the web for reviews, and finding sites like this one at http://www.petrolpressurewashers.com/ which gave us all the information we needed.
A big plus is getting a feel for just how many products are out there – we hadn’t heard of most of those makes, let alone models, until we started reading. The key was understanding that we needed the highest power output available that wouldn’t damage the vehicles – too much pressure and the wash could damage a car’s paintwork.
Everyone has a different idea of what a luxury item might be. Some would say an expensive car, while others might list jewellery or clothing first. However, most would agree that having cleaning maids that come in and help you with your housework would be something that would indeed be a fabulous luxury for almost anyone. Luckily, this type of luxury is not always that expensive, and most companies do a fantastic job of making life easier for those who simply don’t have the time and energy to clean their homes the way they wish.
Some cleaning maids come in teams, and this is probably the best way to get them. This means they work faster, and they are in and out of your home. They have their own methods of getting your home done as quickly as they can without compromising the quality of their work. Though there isn’t a lot of training to become cleaning maids, they learn what works and what doesn’t rather quickly, and there is always someone inspecting the job before the team leaves your home. If they do miss something, most come back and take care of it, free of charge, of course.
There are a few things you can do to speed up and assist your cleaning maids in doing a better job for you. You will have to ask what they do and how much each thing costs. Most companies go by the hour at first, and then give you a set price on a weekly or biweekly cleaning. You should find out if they include windows, ovens, and other special items in that cost, or if that might cost you more. Each company has their own set of rules and regular things that their cleaning maids do, so don’t forget to ask about special pricing for the extras.
Before your cleaning maids come, have new sheets set out (if they do this) on each bed, and have rooms picked up. If you don’t pick up, they may spend too much time doing just that, and that is not normally included in the price. Their main concern is cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, vacuum, and dusting. Those chores usually clean the whole house, but clutter slows them down and may add to your costs. Some companies also empty waste baskets for you. If you have special instructions for your cleaning maids and you won’t be there when they arrive, a note is always welcome.
My husband and I recently finished a redecorating project in our living room. This mainly involved painting the walls, as well as changing some accessories to give the room a face lift. When we were done I noticed the woodwork looked like it needed treatment. I was out of time and energy to tackle that project so I decided to hire the job done. I talked to my neighbour and she suggested calling some cleaning services to get a quote on getting the job done. She gave me the telephone number of two cleaning services that she had heard good things about from others.
I called the cleaning services and explained that I needed the wood work cleaned and conditioned. Each service stated that they would send out a person that lived close to me that could give me an estimate on the job. The estimate was free of charge and there was no obligation. I made appointments with both cleaning services. When the representative from the first company arrived she listened to what I wanted and looked at the size of the room and the amount of the wood work. She then gave me a quote for the project and the time frame of when she would be able to complete the project. She left her telephone number so that I could call her if I decided to hire her. The representative from the second of the two cleaning services came and looked at what I wanted done. She also looked at the wood mantel of the fireplace and suggested that this be done as well. She stated that for a minimal charge she would also wash the windows inside and out. I was impressed that she took the initiative to point out additional things that needed cleaning to give the room a completed, clean look. The quote she gave me was very reasonable. She also brought along the names of three households that she had done work at so I could call for references. She said I should contact her company if I decided to use her cleaning services.
I called the numbers that she had provided for references and heard glowing reports about the quality of the services this second woman provides. Two of the households report that they have had her come back to their homes for different projects.
I called the second of the two cleaning services and hired the job done. I told them on the phone that I was impressed with how their staff had taken the initiative to point out things that needed to be done in the room as well as providing references. I then contacted the other company and let them know that I would not be using them. I suggested to them that they have their cleaners provide references when they come to bid a job.
We have been very pleased with the cleaning services. We will be using this company again for additional projects and for our fall cleaning. Quality and professionalism are things to keep in minds when you are hiring people to come into your home to clean.
If you want a clean house or office, you have to have cleaning supplies. There are many different kinds of cleaners out there, and it is hard to know what will work well for a very good price. The good news is that most of the cleaning supplies you can buy do work to some degree, and even homemade ones can work well if you really want to save some money. What you need will depend on your needs and your budge, but you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good clean home.
I once worked for a maid service while I put myself through college. It wasn’t a bad job, but it certainly wasn’t something I wanted to do with the rest of my life, that much I knew. I did, however, learn a lot of neat things about cleaning when I worked there, and I also learned how to save a lot of money on cleaning supplies. Though they were a big company, they never spent a lot on their cleaning supplies. In fact, the simpler the item, the better it seemed to work.
For windows, our cleaning supplies were nothing more than water and vinegar along with a lint free towel. That was it. The water and vinegar solution worked better than anything you can buy on the market. It left no streaks whatsoever and cut through the nastiest grime quickly and effectively. Since those days, I include this in my cleaning supplies because I know it will work and it will always work well. The smell of it might not be as pleasant as some of the products you can buy, but if you want the best clean, you don’t even notice.
Other cleaning supplies my company used where safe for the environment, with a few exceptions. The basic kitchen and bath sprays we had were considered safe enough to drink, even though we never would have done so. There were other cleaning supplies we had to have that were not as good for the environment, but we used them only when we had to. There is only so much you can do to an oven without a good oven cleaner sometimes, especially if it has been ignored for quite some time. If you are into helping the environment, like I wish we all would be, you can find some great supplies for cleaning that will make you feel good and will give you a clean house too.